Bob Burnett

Bob Burnett

Bob Burnett is a Berkeley Quaker, activist, and writer.  In other life he was a Silicon Valley executive — co-founder of Cisco Systems.

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Friday, April 21, 2017
Reaching Out to Trump Voters
On April 17th, my Berkeley Indivisible group hosted a two-hour discussion on "Reaching out to Trump voters," featuring UC professors Arlie Hochschild and George Lakoff. Participants learned how to approach a group that some consider a lost cause. After November 8, many progressives were dismayed to...
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Friday, March 31, 2017
Inside Devin Nunes
One of the bizarre consequences of the Congressional investigation into the connections between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia is the media attention given to a banal Republican congressman, Devin Nunes. As the chair of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, Nunes has...
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Saturday, March 25, 2017
Trump's Huge Failure
After promising to "repeal and replace Obamacare on day one [of his presidency]", Donald Trump suffered an ignominious rejection on day 64. True to form, Trump took no responsibility for the defeat of the Republican plan (the American Health Care Act) but, instead, blamed Democrats. Trump had...
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Friday, March 10, 2017
Indivisible: A Social Action Startup for Democracy
Some of the most exciting days of my life occurred in the late 80's when I was involved in a technology startup, Cisco Systems. 29 years later I'm involved in another exciting startup, Indivisible . There are fascinating similarities between my experience at Cisco and Indivisible. I moved from IBM...
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Friday, February 17, 2017
One Month of Trump
29 days into the Trump regime it's worse than expected. Here's what we've learned. 1. Trump's not an executive. On November 8th, undecided voters opted for Trump because they were impressed by his business credentials; many commented, "He knows how to get things done." Trump's (probably) a...
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Friday, January 27, 2017
One Week of President Donald Trump
To get an idea of what to expect from Donald Trump for the next four years, we only have to examine his first week in office. January 20 (Friday): Trump was sworn in and delivered a dark inaugural address ; a shorter versions of his "Make America Great Again" stump speech that featured two themes...
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Friday, January 20, 2017
It’s Midnight in America
Thirty-three years ago, Ronald Reagan was elected President in large part because of his TV ad, It's morning in America : "It's morning again in America, and under the leadership of President Reagan, our country is prouder and stronger and better." For many Americans, however, the inauguration of...
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Thursday, December 29, 2016
5 Resistance Resolutions
As we enter a perilous new year, here are five resistance resolutions: 1. Practice resistance each day. Political resistance is an American tradition; "eternal vigilance is the price of liberty." Take a stand for democracy. Slow down and focus. Resist. If you've experienced a life-threatening...
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Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Despite Growing Attacks, Bernie Can Do It
As Bernie Sanders’ chances of winning the Democratic presidential nomination have increased, so have the attacks. Hillary Clinton advocates argue he has no chance of delivering the fundamental change he touts. Nonetheless, Bernie can do it. Sanders has been remarkably consistent about what his...
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Thursday, January 21, 2016
Maybe Bernie Can Win
I’m beginning to believe Bernie Sanders can win the Democratic nomination and then the presidency. Sunday night, January 17th, I watched the Democratic presidential debates with my wife, a Hillary Clinton supporter, and stepson, an Edward Snowden fan. After two hours – of a real debate – they...
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